Thursday, March 1, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Party and DIY Rainbow Table Runner

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What kid doesn’t love St. Patrick’s Day? It’s such a fun holiday to celebrate; all rainbows, leprechauns, and pots of gold! This year, I wanted to create a fun St. Patrick’s Day with some DIY elements to really make it my own. It’s easy to create a fun tablescape that all your little leprechauns will love!

I started with covering my breakfast table with this Cloud Poly Vinyl.  I knew I wanted to make a rainbow table runner too, so I used gossamer in rainbow colors to create my very own custom version.  I created a DIY video to show you how to create your own at home! It’s really easy and it only takes a few supplies.
Here’s what you need for a table runner to fit a 6 feet long table:
·        6 rolls gossamer in rainbow colors
·        Sharp Scissors
·        Hot Glue
·        White Paper clouds (Cut out of white cardstock)

Cut each roll of gossamer into 9 feet sections. Once you have done that, fold each length of gossamer onto itself twice. Glue down the open seams. Overlap and glue each piece in a ROY G BIV pattern, leaving two inches between each color.  Trim the ends to an even length to fit your table. Add your clouds with hot glue and you’re all set! 

To create the “pots of gold” at the end of the rainbow, I used three black plastic cauldrons and filled them with several plastic grocery bags. If you are like me, you have a million of these lying around your house. I stuffed garbage bags inside the cauldrons until they created a nice mound on top of the opening. Then, using hot glue, I glued plastic coins right to the bags on top. It creates a look of a giant pile of gold in the bag!

To create the rest of my party, I used some fun St. Patrick’s Day party supplies from Shindigz. I started with these gold placemats because they look like big pieces of gold coin. Over those, I placed a large glittered shamrock cut out to create texture on my place setting. I chose the fun St. Patrick’s Day plaid dinner plates and added a rainbow napkin to finish off the place setting. And because I love details, I glued a few of the remaining plastic coins right to my green forks. I also scattered some coins and shamrock cut outs down the length of my table runner. When my son got home from school, I got a big “WOW!” when he saw the table.

Every St. Patrick’s Day Party needs wearables and Shindigz has a huge selection of fun items! My little ones loved the shamrock glasses and the shamrock head boppers. They really had fun with this leprechaun beanie with the attached beard. It’s so funny!
My own little red-haired lassie, my niece, was the perfect model for this party. 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Erin Go Bragh!


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

{My Parties} Party Hearty Valentine's Day Party

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  What’s more iconic on Valentine’s Day than those multi-colored heart candies? Do you like them? I admit that they are not my favorite candy, but they sure do conjure up memories of getting boxes of candy as a kid on Valentine’s Day! Using those adorable little candies as my inspiration, I came up with a very fun PARTY HEARTY theme that’s perfect for both boys and girls! It’s a perfect theme for a classroom Valentine’s Day Party!

Shindigz has the cutest candy heart inspired party goods that were the starting point for my party design. I love these 8ft candy heart square columns. I shortened mine just a bit (all it takes is an x-acto knife) to be able to fit these fun, big three dimensional mylar candy heart balloons under my ceiling. I placed one column on either side of my party table to define the space.

For the backdrop, I used the Pink Flat Paper roll and taped it to a large piece of construction insulation (which I use all the time for backdrops). I wanted to bring in the PARTY HEARTY theme by spelling it out with balloons. But, I didn’t want to use the balloons in gold and silver metal tones. Instead I wanted them to be the colors of the candy hearts, so I painted them! You can use spray paint or craft paint, but spray paint didn’t come in the colors I needed, so I used regular craft paint. I’ve even put together a fun time lapse video for you, so you can see the process!

For my table cover, I used two of the pink polyester table covers, and topped them with this fun soft pink tulle table skirt. Instead of using the Candy Hearts Strings Decorations for my walls, or backdrop, I thought outside the box a little and strung them along the front of my table skirt. The monofilament that they are strung from makes them look like they are floating, which I love! I simply cut them into the lengths I wanted to use and then used duct tape to secure the top heart to the top of my tablecloth.

Did you know that Shindigz has a huge selection of candy and personalized candy favors? For my party, I had to have these pink Hershey’s Kisses and gumballs in the colors of the candy hearts! I love sending my guests home with a fun, personalized favor and I always think edible favors are the best kind. I personalized these candy heart themed Hershey’s bars with our party slogan, as well as these small mint tins. It’s so easy to personalize items!  I love these mint tins. I always keep a few with me in my car or purse. And the printing is directly onto the tin, it’s not a sticker!

One of my favorite tips for moms is to shop the holiday and seasonal aisle when planning a party! With upcoming holidays, you are almost guaranteed to find something you can use to elevate your party! These Little Debbie snacks are a favorite! They always have something fun and seasonal that all kids love. Another easy idea is store-bought cupcakes that are changed into your theme with just a little finesse. These cupcakes had Elena of Avalor toppers, but I simply removed those and substituted a marshmallow peep on a stick! On the other cupcakes, I used my glue gun and glued some candy hearts to paper straws and used those as toppers! It’s easy!

I hope you PARTY HEARTY this Valentine’s Day!

 Party Supplies: Shindigz